Condom company fined for using French town's name

BORDEAUX Thu Sep 6, 2012 1:54pm EDT

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BORDEAUX (Reuters) - A maker of condoms purported to be from the town of Condom in southwestern France has been ordered to pay 10,000 euros ($12,600) for false advertising after the provenance of its prophylactics was found to be Malaysia.

"The Original Condom Company" advertised its condoms as coming from the picturesque forested town on the river Baise.

However a court in the city of Bordeaux has ordered the firm, run by two Frenchmen, to remove references to the town from its advertising, as only an unoccupied address could be found there.

Condom's mayor, Bernard Gallardo, said the town of about 7,000 residents has "other advantages" to boast of, besides its name that for years has famously caused English-speaking tourists to stop and pose for photos next to its main sign.

"We're not going to hide our heads in the sand, we won't prevent people from making a link with the name. But retreating into such notoriety can only compromise the tourism qualities of the town," Gallardo told Reuters, citing its gastronomy and old mansions.

Unfortunately for the town, Francophile tourists passing through might also snigger at the name of the local river, which is French for the activity for which condoms are intended.

($1 = 0.7915 euros)

(Reporting By Claude Canellas and Jean Decotte; Writing by Alexandria Sage)

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Comments (3)
JoePublic wrote:
If anyone needs to change their name, it’s the town. Not that they don’t have the right to it, but it’s doubtful that the universal name for prophylactics will ever make people think of anything else.

Personally, I couldn’t take the condomnation.

Sep 07, 2012 5:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ShadyJ wrote:
You should read the article again. The condom company doesn’t have to change its name. They are being prohibited from falsely stating that their company is based in the town.

Sep 07, 2012 11:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JoePublic wrote:
True. But, why not play along for a royalty fee? It would be better than acting like a bunch of…Condom inhabitants.

Sep 11, 2012 11:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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